Jean Elizabeth Pickett 1926-1998; The Utah Ski Archives Receives Major Collection; Ute Skiers Anticipate Great Season

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Title Utah Ski Archives Newsletter: 1998 (Autumn), no. 13
Creator Friends of the Ski Archives
Subject Skis and Skiing--Periodicals; Skiing--Utah--History
Description The Utah Ski and Snowboard Archives is one of the most comprehensive collections in the entire country for research into the history and development of Utah's prospering winter sports industry. The archives document the history of ski competition on local, national, and international levels; the founding of major resorts; snow safety and avalanche control; ski equipment; ski instruction; freestyle skiing; the 10th Mountain Division; back-country skiing; and virtually every facet of winter sports in Utah and the surrounding region. The archives are the repository for the Salt Lake Winter Olympics Games Bid Committee records and the records of the 2002 games themselves.
Table of Contents Earl Miller to Gain Quinney Award; Archives Program to HOnor Local Athletes Who Made History on World Stages; Alf Engen Ski Museum to be Built at Winter Sports Park; Luella Broby Seeholzer 1905-1998; Jean Elizabeth Pickett 1926-1998; The Utah Ski Archives Receives Major Collection; Utah Skiers Anticipate Great Season; Alan Engen to Speak at Marriott Books and Author Series
Publisher University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives Program
Contributors Korologos, Mike; Thompson, Gregory C. (Gregory Coyne), 1943-
Date 1998-10
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Identifier http://content.lib.utah.edu/cgi-bin/docviewer.exe?CISOROOT=/epubs&CISOPTR=282
Source Accn 1086
Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah Ski Archives
Is Part of Ski Archive
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Holding Institution Special Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah.
Source Physical Dimensions 22 cm x 28 cm
Newsletter Date Utah Ski Archives Newsletter, Autumn 1998, No. 13
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Karen Edge; Clifton Brooks; Kenning Arlitsch; Chris Anderson
ARK ark:/87278/s65m6512
Setname uum_usan
Date Created 2005-03-16
Date Modified 2015-12-11
ID 190224
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65m6512

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Title Jean Elizabeth Pickett 1926-1998; The Utah Ski Archives Receives Major Collection; Ute Skiers Anticipate Great Season
Creator Friends of the Ski Archives
Description JEAN ELIZABETH PICKETT 19264998 Jean Elizabeth Peterson Pickett grew up riding horses on the sagebrush praries around Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was small in size but always determined and independent. She left Cheyenne to attend the University of Utah, where she received her bachelor's degree in history in 1948. She later fell in love with and married Wilburn G. (Will) Pickett. They never fell out of love. They were also best friends. Jean and Will worked long and hard to provide the finest and fullest life possible for their two children, Christine and David. When Chris was 9 and David 6, the family took up both water skiing and snow skiing. Jean soon became proficient at both. Summers were spent at Bear Lake; winters first at Brighton and Solitude, and then forever at Alta. Jean, who had great energy and enthusiasm, soon became very involved in many aspects of skiing. She was a race official throughout the intermountain area, and she was one of the founders of the Alta Gelande. She helped Will establish the Alta Powder News, Alta's public relations newspaper, in 1966. In the 1960s and 1970s she was the newsroom secretary at KCPX (now KTVX). With her keen and inquisitive mind, she learned the field of TV journalism, which helped her with her next foray into the discipline. When Will died in 1983, Jean wanted, as a tribute to him, to continue the Alta Powder News, so she took over as editor and chief contributor. For the past fifteen years, she conducted interviews, tracked down stories, arranged for photos and artwork, wrote articles, solicited advertising, prepared the layout (along with a dear friend), took the paper to be printed, mailed and delivered the final version, and did the bookkeeping. She never missed a deadline. The paper for her was a labor of love. In 1984 Jean began to travel extensively. She fell in love with Portugal. She loved the people, the food, the language, and the whitewashed houses with windowboxes filled with red geraniums. She began to save nearly every penny from her Alta checks so that she could spend every spring in O'bidos, Portugal. The people in that small walled village became a second family to her. Her heart was there and she dreamed all winter long of returning. The day she died she was to have flown to Portugal. Jean was truly a friend of the Utah Ski Archives. She was supportive of the mission of the Archives and was always willing to share information and photographs, often to support this newsletter. She was always gracious and enthusiastic. Jean Pickett was a perfect example of the "behind the scenes" support that makes the ski industry a success. She will be missed. THE UTAH SKI ARCHIVES RECEIVES MAJOR COLLECTION Thanks to the activities and organizational skills of Wilbum and Jean Pickett, and the generosity of their children Christine and David, the Utah Ski Archives is receiving a major collection. The Jean E. and Wilbum G. Pickett collection contains written and photographic records of the Third through Ninth Annual National Gelande Contest (1967-l 973), including applications and results for many of the contests; statistics and results for the United States Ski Association, Intermountain Division; and vintage posters and oversize graphics. Also included in this substantial collection are all written and photographic records pertaining to the production of the Alta Powder News from 1966 to 1998. The Utah Ski Archives gratefully acknowledges the contribution of this important collection. UTE SKIERS ANTICIPATE GREAT SEASON Year after year, trophy after trophy, University of Utah skiing continues to prosper. This season, just as those preceding, is a highly anticipated one for the Utes. The seven All-American and eight All- Conference skiers returning to the team are sure to make this season memorable. The longstanding tradition that head coach Pat Miller and his able assistants have assembled is evident in every facet of the program. The 1999 season marks Miller's 22nd year at the helm of Utah skiing. During his regime the Utes have taken eight national titles and never finished below third place in combined competition. Veteran assistant Kevin Sweeney, Ovidio Garcia, and newcomer Eli Brown will help Miller in perpetuating the winning tradition heretofore established at the University of Utah. Nineteen ninety-eight proved to be an incredible learning year for the Utes. Utah lead a successful regular season, taking two of the first four meets. In the Western Regionals, the Utes defeated host Colorado by a substantial 23 point margin. After that impressive performance, the Utes entered the NCAA championships with a No. 1 ranking. Four days later at the end of the competition, Utah fell just two and a half points shy of winning its third consecutive NCAA championship. "We had some bad luck, but we almost pulled it off," comments Miller. "To put the closeness of the finish in perspective, the two and a half point difference equaled a discrepancy of five seconds in cross country and less than one second on the alpine side. Along with the new season, 1999 brings the Utes a chance to redeem last year's heartbreak. "People are fired up for this year," says Miller. "They want to finish better than second place." With sixteen letter winners returning, the taste of last year's narrow defeat is still lingering on their lips. Cross country coach Kevin Sweeney assesses, "This year more than ever, there is a driving force in our training." The motivation coming from the coaching staff as well as the skiers combines for a dangerous team ensemble. "Last year really turned out to be a tremendous learning experience that no continued on page 6
Publisher University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives Program
Contributors Korologos, Mike; Thompson, Gregory C. (Gregory Coyne), 1943-
Format application/pdf
Identifier the_utah.jpg
Source Accn 1086
Relation Is part of: Utah Ski Archives
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Source Physical Dimensions 22 cm x 28 cm
Coverage Temporal Autumn, 1998
Newsletter Date Utah Ski Archives Newsletter, Autumn 1998, No. 13; Page 5
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Karen Edge; Clifton Brooks
Setname uum_usan
Date Created 2005-03-16
Date Modified 2005-03-16
ID 190187
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65m6512/190187